We adapt quickly in England. There wasn't much of a summer (but hey - April was lovely!) and now there are night frosts, and the days are hardly awake before the light fades and evening draws in. So, we are preparing for winter, and the supermarket shelves fill with Halloween effects, and shelves beyond those even with Christmas gifts, plum-coloured wrappings with gold and silver labelling. There is a fashion in decoration all right, and this year's colours are rich and welcoming. Batten down the hatches and wait for next April's renaissance. There are a few hard months ahead.